In case you didn’t know, most store bought hand sanitizers labeled as anti-bacterial gels and wipes don’t kill norovirus. They are alcohol based and have ingredients such as triclosan or ethanol. While they may kill bacterias, hence the name anti-bacterial, neither of these kill norovirus and that’s because alcohol based ingredients won’t kill viruses.
There is an ingredient that is occasionally found in anti-bacterial products that kills both norovirus and bacterias. It’s called Benzethonium Chloride and it’s easier to get your hands on this then you might think. The well-known brand of wipes called Wet Ones contains this ingredient.
I found a very interesting write-up about Benzethonium Chloride on wikipedia. Here’s the link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzethonium_chloride but I’m going to highlight one paragraph that is the most important:
Benzethonium chloride exhibits a broad spectrum of microbiocidal activity against bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses. Independent testing shows that benzethonium chloride is highly effective against such pathogens as: MRSA, VISA, Salmonella, E. coli, C.diff, Hepatitis B and C, Herpes, HIV, RSV, and Norovirus.
I still maintain that the best tool against norovirus and other illnesses is washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds but when traveling to far off places, or you just can’t get to a sink, Wet Ones should do the trick.
Wet Ones are inexpensive and widely available in most stores in the United States. I bought mine at K-Mart.